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Originally posted by jaxnmarko
reply to post by davethebear
There are a good number of levels above Top Secret and no, the President does not have access to all of them. Presidents come and go while National Security is a constant. Consider high ranking Senators that have been there forever, or had been, such as Byrd or Inoye or Thurmond. Being on the right committee gives you access to more than the President sees, for example. There are people behind the scenes for many years, with great power and access but are not elected and once in positions of certain knowledge, are entrenched and basically impossible to "fire". Knowledge is Power and a President comes in for the most part with far less knowledge of what's going on than many others, with a few possible exceptions like Bush Senior, formerly in the CIA, and Eisenhower, as a very high ranking military officer. Of course, since the inception of the CIA after world war 2, the creation of the NSA, DARPA, various military intelligence corps, and many other government agencies, protective of their turf, secrecy has become the power game to play. Black budgets, untraceable funding, "lost" money (think all the bags of cash unaccounted for in Iraq and Afghanistan for example), it's not just power in knowledge but also money. The President is in office for a few years. Remember how Carter and Clinton mentioned exposing UFO information and were then told they were not allowed to know everything? Believe it!